Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Children Share Joy and Toys

21 kids and 13 adults from the Pleasant View Kids Care club met at 24 Church for a JoyMaker project last week. They collected 30 coats and 55 scarves, gloves and hats to donate to needy children and families. They made 22 door decorations for Ronald McDonald House residents. They decorated gift bags and wrapped 100 toys that Hasbro donated for our Angel Tree children. And they celebrated by enjoying Christmas cocoa together.

The event was part of the national Joy Maker campaign led by generationOn, a global youth service organization that inspires kids to make their mark on the world. For each action a child or teen takes to help others as part of the Joy Maker initiative, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots — up to 1 million dollars’ worth!

“We are very proud of these young people. We know the youth of today have the power, enthusiasm and creativity to make their mark on issues important to their community and beyond,” said Kathy Saulitis, senior vice president at generationOn. “We also wish to thank our partner, Hasbro, for their continued support and generous matching toy contributions to Toys for Tots.”

For four years, generationOn and Hasbro have partnered on the Joy Maker campaign– inspiring more than 100,000 acts of service by kids and teens each holiday season.  Kids and teens interested in being a Joy Maker in 2013 can still get involved through December 20.  The website offers a range of project ideas as well as an easy way to download a holiday card and send it to a child needing joy this holiday season.

Find out more about the Pleasant View Kids Care Club and local service opportunities at




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